Congratulations to our Published OECTA Young Authors

Secondary Winners

The York Catholic District School Board recently recognized ten of its students who became published authors after submitting winning entries to OECTA’s Young Authors writing competition.

The Young Authors/Jeunes Ecrivains Awards is a writing competition sponsored by the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA) that celebrates the writing talents and accomplishments of students who submit short stories, poems, non-fiction articles, and reports in either English or French.

The selection process begins at the school level, advances to the local level – York Unit – OECTA, and from there to the provincial OECTA competition. The winning entries were chosen from among many submissions by their peers in Catholic schools across the province.

Elementary Winners

YCDSB Director of Education, Patricia Preston, along with Superintendent of Curriculum, Diane Murgaski, Trustees Carol Cotton, Elizabeth Crowe, Teresa Ciaravella, Marlene Mogado, Ann Stong and Dominic Mazzotta officially recognized the students’ achievement at the June 20th Board Meeting.

Congratulations to:

  • Julian Ali from St. Justin Martyr CES in Unionville. Julian won in the JK/SK Poem Category, for his work, Bubbles.
  • Anna-Grace Aniello from Our Lady of Peace CES in Maple. Anna-Grace won in the Grade 3 – 4 French, Short Story Category for her work, Mia La Fée et Gorge, le Bandit.
  • Chole Cha from St. Edward in Markham. Chloe won in the Grade 3 – 4 French, Poem Category for her work, Mon Poeme de la Guerre.
  • Lauren Vassos-Martino from St. Brendan CES in Stouffville. Lauren won in the Grade 5/6 French, Short Story Category for her work, L’ombre.
  • Isabella Morales Matta from St. Anthony CES in Thornhill. Isabella won in the Grade 7/8 French Non-fiction Category for her work, Mes Vacances de Noël
  • Mahraeel N. Tadros from St. Robert CHS in Thornhill. Mahraeel won in the Grade 9/10 French Short Story Category for her work, La Reine Des Sirenes.
  • Melinda Szarics from St. Theresa of Lisieux CHS in Richmond Hill. Melinda won in the Grade 9/10 French, Play Category for her work, Les Super-Héros Oublié
  • Victoria Wang from St. Robert CHS in Thornhill. Victoria won in the Grade 9/10 French Poem Category for her work, ells Ne Mourront Jamais.
  • Santhiya Ramanan from Father Michael McGivney CA in Markham. Santhiya won in the Grade 11/12 Non-fiction Category for her work, Pride and Identity: A Quest to self-Discovery.
  • Brittany Chang-Kit from St. Theresa of Lisieux CHS in Richmond Hill. Brittany won in the Grade 11/12 French, Non-fiction Category for her work, Le Dilemme.

All of the students’ winning submissions were published in a commemorative book by OECTA. This book is a celebration of the outstanding work the students in our Catholic schools continue to accomplish year after year.